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The Belly of an Architect (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on October 16, 2010

After having seen the light with A Zed and Two Noughts, I’ve been wanting to revisit other Greenaway films that didn’t click with me the last time.  I still think this one isn’t among his best, but it’s far better than I gave it credit for.  Even Chloe Webb’s performance isn’t as dreadful as I once thought (still miscast, though).  The worst you can say about it is that it isn’t nearly as dense as Greenaway’s finest work, and seems rather one-note throughout much of it.  But there are intriguing elements, particularly in the repeated references to the compartmentalization of the body.  And Dennehy is quite good.  Sacha Vierny’s photography is glorious as always, again highlighting Greenaway’s love of symmetry and voluminous detail.  Although I miss the usual Michael Nyman score, Wim Mertens does a fine job as a substitute.  I also picked up on another common Greenaway trope that I hadn’t noticed before: secrets and conspiracies.  They also play a large role in Zed, Cook, Drowning, and Nightwatching, and probably others I’m forgetting.  Rating: 7

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